Using 2 different target disks for TrueImage backup.
When backup task being created, the program records the disk id for the storage disk attached. In order for any backup to succeed, the attached storage disk must match the same disk ID as when task created. Thus, a different backup task needed for each storage disk intended for use.
Special attention is needed to use two separate destination disks for your 2014 or 2015 backups. Each target disk needs its own special unique backup task. Example: Target disk 1 = blue; target disk 2 = red
1. When you open your True Image program, you need to see two different backups tasks. One task for the blue disk and another task for the red disk.
2. When backup task first created, TI ties a specific target disk to the task via its disk ID. So if creating a blue backup task for the blue disk, then the blue disk must be attached during the task creation as the destination. When creating a red backup task for the red target disk, then red disk must be attached as the destination.
3. optional Scheduling:
The best and easiest method to automate the switching of tasks/'disks every day/week/month is to configure the Windows Task Scheduler rather than the TrueImage Task Scheduler.
The TrueImage scheduler does NOT offer the capability of automation of every other day/week/month, so if attempting to use the TrueImage scheduler, it would require the manual stopping and starting each time the disk/task is changed--which may not be very practical.
A special desktop shortcut would need to be created (see link GH7) for both the blue and red tasks and the Windows Scheduler would be created to run each color task such as every other week for each color (Recur every n week on __day with different start dates). The True Image scheduler would be set to "do not schedule" if the Windows Scheduler is used.
Here are two examples of using the Windows Task Scheduler to run TrueImage backup tasks.
The 2015 version does not include the option to automatically create a desktop shortcut but this can be done very easily by the user.
Look at the bottom row of this GH7 link example. The Win7-64 example shows the correct path and commands. Change the script id to the script id for your own task. Your script id can be found in your own Acronis Scripts folder--probably via date/time of last use of the script.
Format shown in Gh7 is the syntax format needed for 2014/2015 the desktop shortcut.
If using True Image scheduling:
Both color tasks would need to be initially created as "Do not schedule".
When red disk is in use, the blue task needs to set to "do not schedule" and then the red color task scheduler would need to be manually enabled for whatever period of time the red disk is attached.
When the blue disk is attached, the red task needs to set to "do not schedule" and the blue task scheduler manually enabled for whatever period of time the blue disk is attached.
In order to have successful backups, the active task must match the disk color attached.
A backup failure will eventually occur if the task color in use does not match the disk color attached, although the failure may not be immediate and will most likely fail via the timeout route.
2014 -- GH1. How to change a backup task from scheduled to "Do Not Schedule".
2014 -- GH2. How to enable a backup task schedule or change a schedule time..
2014 -- GH3. How to create a non-scheduled backup task on the first try.
4. Drive letter for the target disk.
Windows automatically assigns the next available drive letter to a newly inserted device--usually a usb device.
The unplanned insertion of flash drive, or printer or camera can cause Windows to assign a different drive letter to your backup device rather than the letter assigned during backup task creation. Therefore, to avoid backup failure, you can prevent this type issue by pre-assigning a drive letter to the target disk BEFORE your create the backup task. Usually, a letter such x or y or z works best but the important part is not the letter but that a specific letter be pre-assigned that is not part of the normal lettering routine and the higher letters works best for this. This will enable the disk to be attached and a predictable pre-assigned letter will be assigned by Windows to match the drive letter used when task was created.
5. For most users, the disk image (all partitions included) type backup (rather than a partition image) will assure that your backup includes everything it needs to create a replacement disk. The very first picture in my signature links #2-A is an example of a "disk mode" or "disk image" backup which is my recommended type of backup.
Automate your backup deletion of older backups. Create your backup tasks so the deletion of older backups (versions) will be automatically performed by the program so the manual deletion by the user is NOT needed avoiding many of the pitfalls of deletions by the user.
GH12. Create Custom Incremental Backup Scheme. 6 Inc, Keep 4 chains. The 6-4 is an example only with user choice for whatever number of chains to be retained best fits the individual needs. To many incremental before the next full is dangerous to your data recovery!
Note: this guide written prior to version 2015 but the principles and the requirements would be the same for version 2015. A 2015 desktop shortcut would need to be manually created as the 2015 program does not provide for any preset options to assist shortcut creation.